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Guilford County confirms first case of animal rabies in 2015

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health is alerting residents that a raccoon found on Millstream Road in McLeansville tested positive for the rabies virus on Feb. 19, 2015.

This is the first confirmed case of animal rabies in 2015. The raccoon had contact with one dog.

North Carolina law requires that all domestic pets (cats, dogs and ferrets), whether living inside or outside, age four months or older be vaccinated. Even animals that are confined in outdoor fenced areas should have current rabies vaccinations, because wild animals can get into these areas and attack pets.

Rabies continues to circulate within the wildlife population. The best way to protect your family and your pet’s safety is to vaccinate your pets against rabies.

Guilford County Animal Control is offering low-cost rabies vaccination clinics at the following locations and times:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., WGHP FOX8 studio, 2005 Francis St., High Point, NC 27263

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., WGHP FOX8 studio, 2005 Francis St., High Point, NC 27263

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Winsor Center, 1601 E. Lee St., Greensboro, NC 27401

Saturday June 20, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Summerfield Fire Station #9, 7400 Summerfield Road, Summerfield, NC 27358

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Fire District #28, 6619 NC 61 North, Gibsonville, NC 27249

Saturday, September 26, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Pleasant Garden Town Hall, 4920 Alliance Church Road, Pleasant Garden, NC 27313

Saturday, October 10, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Jamestown Town Hall, 301 East Main St., Jamestown, NC 27282

The rabies vaccination will be $5 per shot. Cash and personal checks will be accepted.

For your pet’s safety and the safety of others at these clinics, dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers.

For more information or to schedule an educational program, contact the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health at (336) 641-7777, Guilford County Animal Control at (336) 641-5990 or visit http://www.myguilford.com.